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REVISED! Glastonbury Celebrates 325th Anniversary this Year!

Post Date:06/13/2018 10:00 AM

Founded in 1693, 2018 marks the 325th anniversary for the Town of Glastonbury!  In recognition of this exciting milestone, many Town groups are organizing a variety of events and activities to celebrate the Town’s history and success over the years and in present day.  The Glastonbury Town Center Initiative, (GTCI) is spearheading many celebration efforts and introduced the anniversary campaign by planting a Hawthorn tree along the driveway of Welles Turner Memorial Library.  The Hawthorn tree has a significant connection to Glastonbury’s history, and TCI raised the funds needed to plant one in one of Glastonbury’s highly visited facilities.

In addition to the Hawthorn tree planting, GTCI also sponsored the purchase and installation of 325th anniversary banners, which you may have seen displayed along Main Street (see below).  Other Town organizations have also demonstrated their support of the anniversary by coordinating events that celebrate the town’s history.  For example, the Glastonbury Historical Society hosted a bus tour through town on May 20th, where attendees enjoyed a 2 hour bus tour through some of Glastonbury’s most historic sites and the Glastonbury TCI is hosting the 12th annual "An Evening Under the Strawberry Moon Festival - A Taste of Glastonbury".  Beginning in the morning and continuing into the “Evening Under a Strawberry Moon” event on June 16th, original artist ARCY will be live painting a large mural on the Town Fountain Green.  The mural will feature Gideon Welles, the historic Glastonbury native who is considered the father of the modern Navy. Once completed, the mural will be installed at the Welles Turner Memorial Library.  Known for his paint splashed, graffiti style work, Ryan ‘ARCY’ Christenson has been refining his skills for over a decade. ARCY has created hundreds of live murals and permanent large scale works throughout North America, Australia, and Europe, and has worked for The Smithsonian Institute, Major League Baseball, America’s National Parks Service, and is currently developing a collaborative body of work for Collectors Editions as a Disney Fine Artist.

If you are involved in, or aware of any upcoming events that will incorporate a 325th anniversary component, please share them with the Town of Glastonbury's Marketing & Communications Specialist Kathryn Paquette at Kathryn.paquette@glastonbury-ct.gov.  The Town will gladly share any anniversary events or initiatives through the town website and Facebook page, and encourage all who promote such events to include the hashtag #325years and to tag the Town of Facebook in any social media posts (@GlastonburyConnecticut).  Thank you in advance for spreading the word and for celebrating this exciting milestone for our community.

Town of Glastonbury's 325th anniversary banner

Logo designed by James Aresco.